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Moderato Cantabile

Marguerite Duras’ short novel Moderato Cantabile (translated in 1960 by Richard Seaver) is neither ‘moderate’ nor ‘melodious’; just as her son refuses the instructions of his music teacher to play in such a style, so too does Anne Desbaresdes attempt to rebel against the strictures of her own quiet life. 563 more words


5 books for Women in Translation month

August is Women in Translation Month, an initiative designed to encourage people to read books by women in translation.

Why? Mainly to redress the balance: figures suggest that just 30 per cent of literature in translation is written by women. 630 more words

Translated Fiction

A possible book

Finding yourself in a hole, at the bottom of a hole, in almost total solitude, and discovering that only writing can save you. To be without the slightest subject for a book, the slightest idea for a book, is to find yourself, once again, before a book.

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The Lover, by Marguerite Duras, translated by Barbara Bray

It’s a perfect cover, this one.  An intense, provocative gaze, daring the reader… and how fascinating to discover that it’s an image of the author herself when she was a young woman! 1,379 more words


Hiroshima Mon Amour - Review


I don’t even know if one viewing is enough to be truly captivated. The beauty of Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima Mon Amour flies over my head, this is not only a film about the memories of an aftermath, but a documentation, too. 1,055 more words

Film Reviews

Read a 'lyrical' novel that didn't utterly bore me!

Actually the title of this post is a bit of an understatement. On the plane back from Maine, I read Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, which is a French novel from the 80s that I’ve been meaning to read to for awhile, and it was legitimately one of the best novels I have ever read in my life, and quite possibly the best novel I’ve so far read this year. 927 more words


“When a woman drinks its as if an animal were drinking or a small child...": Female Writers and Alcoholism

When you look up writers and alcoholism, there is a dime a dozen of male writers. So it is easy to forget that alcoholism exists no matter age, gender, or race. 645 more words